Michael Jordan made a commercial where he said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
I love this quote because its truth resonates for me, no matter what the game may be. If you don’t take a shot, you can’t win, you can’t succeed. If you don’t try, you don’t know what you can do. Lottery winners had to play, champions had to get out on the floor, and whatever it is you want to win at requires the same thinking. You’ve got to step up to the plate and get in the game because there’s simply no other way to win.
Oh sure, we know this fact. We even tell other people it’s what they need to do, but why do we hesitate ourselves? Why is it so difficult for us to become fully engaged, fully equipped to do the thing we were born to do so we can win? It may be that we are good at having great belief in and for other people we know, people we love and encourage, but we’re not good at believing in ourselves. It may be that someone told us a long time ago or even last week that the idea we had was ridiculous and so we believed that instead of our own instincts for moving forward. One of the most wonderful aspects of our humanness though is that we are resilient, tough, able to be shaped and molded and revised. We can change. We can try again. We can win.
It’s Monday and I’m particularly fond of leading the charge to go after your dreams as each week begins. Sure, I may look back at last week for a moment and realize that I didn’t quite get there. I may look back at months and months before that and only be able to recall some minor wins, some small successes. But here’s the thing. I can’t and you can’t keep looking back.
Remember the story of Lot’s wife? The one imperative to her was to not look back, just leave Sodom and move forward with her husband and family. Somehow she couldn’t do it. She was tempted to take one last look at the city she had lived in her whole life, to see where she had been, and she got stopped in her tracks. She was frozen in time, a veritable pillar of salt.
We’re not that different. We get frozen in our tracks because we think we might have missed the answer somewhere back there, or that maybe we’ll get a better clue about what’s ahead if we take one more look at where we’ve been. It’s dust in the wind. It’s misty waters.
Your success is only possible today, only probable in tomorrow. Yesterday’s game is over! Bless it and be done with it. Today’s your day. This is your moment. You are in a new game and you only need to take a shot to have a chance to win. You’ve got home court advantage now, so go for it!